The White Sister (1933 film)

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The White Sister
Theatrical poster
Directed by Victor Fleming
Produced by Hunt Stromberg
Written by F. M. Crawford (novel)
Walter Hackett (play)
Donald Ogden Stewart
Music by Herbert Stothart
Cinematography William H. Daniels
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s)
  • April 14, 1933 (1933-04-14)
Running time 105 minutes
Country United States
Language English / German
Budget $625,000[1]
Box office $1,672,000[1]

The White Sister is a 1933 American romantic drama film directed by Victor Fleming and starring Clark Gable and Helen Hayes. It was based on the 1909 novel by F. Marion Crawford. It was previously filmed in 1923, with Lillian Gish and Ronald Colman.


Helen Hayes plays an Italian aristocrat who spurns the potential husband chosen by her father in favor of a handsome army lieutenant (Clark Gable). When her lover is reported killed in World War I, Hayes renounces the world to become a nun. After she takes her vows, the lieutenant shows up very much alive. He implores her to give up the order, but she refuses. The lieutenant is later injured in a bombing raid; he dies, with Hayes lovingly at his side.


Box Office[edit]

According to MGM records the film earned $750,000 in the US and Canada and $922,000 elsewhere resulting in a profit of $456,000.[1]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .

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